September 18, 2001




Nation’s Crisis Could Boost Consumer Spending

Stevens, PA—While many expect the slowing economy to grind to a halt following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, at least one researcher finds that the tragic events could stimulate some spending.
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September 14, 2001




Access Disaster Relief Charity Websites Here

Catalog Age encourages all its readers to go to several Websites to see what contributions can be made for disaster relief. We recommend that you try The American Red Cross, and AmeriCares, among other fine organizations.

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September 13, 2001




Mrs. Beasley’s Acquires Ernst Mueller’s Fine Baking

Beverly Hills, CA–To expand its product line and distribution network, food gifts cataloger/retailer Mrs. Beasley’s has bought the assets of Ernst Mueller’s Fine Baking. Mrs. Beasley’s, which is owned by Los Angeles-based Kayne Anderson Investment Management, sells gift baskets …

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September 13, 2001




UPDATE: Parcel Carriers Unsure When Express Packages Will Arrive

Stamford, CT—Although the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allowed the opening of U.S. airports at 11 a.m. (EST) Thursday with limited flights, it remains unclear when the major parcel carriers would get express packages to their recipients. Since the …

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September 12, 2001




Attack Aftermath: Call Centers Quiet–for How Long?

Stamford, CT—As you would expect, call centers throughout the country were eerily quiet in the hours following the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington. Mailers contacted by CATALOG AGE estimate that their call volume was down as much …

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September 12, 2001




Neiman Marcus Annual Earnings Down 20%

Dallas–The Neiman Marcus Group (NYSE: NMG.A), which mails the Neiman Marcus, Horchow, and Chef’s Catalog titles, suffered a 20% decline in net earnings for its fiscal year, despite a 3% increase in revenue. For the 52 weeks ended July 28, the high-end …

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September 12, 2001




Movers and Shakers

Dodgeville, WI-based Lands’ End named Vincent Gallucci vice president, corporate sales, replacing David Zentmyer who resigned from the company. Gallucci most recently was senior vice president of ProVantage Health Services.
Reno, NV-based multichannel marketer of mobile and wireless parts and …

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September 12, 2001




Attack Aftermath: Phone Lines Blocked for New York Marketers

New York—As people frantically tried to call family members and friends following the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, telephone lines throughout the greater New York area were jammed. For many local companies, they remained jammed the day …

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September 11, 2001




USPS Proposes 8.7% Rate Hike; Seeks 7.3% Increase for Catalogs

Washington—With an emphasis on damage control, the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors (BOG) on Sept. 11 proposed an 8.7% rate hike that could be enacted as early as July or August 2002. In making the announcement following its monthly meeting, …

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September 10, 2001




USPS Cuts 800 Headquarters Positions

Washington–The U.S. Postal Service has announced its most sweeping personnel reorganization in nearly a decade. On Sept. 7 it eliminated 800 headquarters positions—about 20% of the agency’s headquarters staff. “We’ve targeted it at reducing our overhead and our administrative …

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